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Departments

HARP Clinical Psychology

The HARP Clinical Psychologist at Austin Health provides support for clients with psychosocial care needs by working closely with HARP staff and clients. The service extends across Community Link, Chronic Disease Management and Diabetes Complications and Assessment Service.

The service includes:

  • Outreach support - psychological assessment and treatment for mental health problems associated with the management of COPD, heart failure, diabetes and aged care.
  • Secondary support - provision of a consultancy service to staff dealing with clients with complex psychosocial needs.
  • Education - provision of education and training for HARP staff in chronic disease self management strategies.
  • Research - the Austin Health - Diabetes Lifestyle Change Program (AH-DLCP) is a clinical trial investigating the efficacy of a weight management program for clients with Type 2 diabetes and obesity. The AH-DLCP is a multi-disciplinary program with input from the clinical psychologist, a diabetes dietitian and an exercise physiologist. Its aim is to demonstrate that a group lifestyle program incorporating psychological strategies, nutritional information and exercise will be more effective in helping diabetic clients lose and maintain weight loss than treatment as usual. The project is currently recruiting participants. Contact the HARP Clinical Psychologist for further information

Location:

The HARP psychologist is located at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Austin Health.

Contact:

For more information or to enquire about making a referral, contact Dr Nicki Gazis, HARP Clinical Psychologist on Mob: 0411 429 295
Email: nicki.gazis@austin.org.au